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Over a Billion Dollars Recovered for Our Clients
  • Birth Injury Involving Misuse of Drug to Induce Labor $70 Million

    $70 million arbitration award, the largest known medical malpractice arbitration award in U.S. history. David S Woodruff handled this birth injury case involving an HMO labor/delivery unit that misused Cytotec, a drug used to induce labor.

  • Largest Medical Malpractice Settlement in Colorado $22.3 Million

    $22.3 million medical malpractice settlement. In 2016 David Woodruff obtained the largest known medical malpractice settlement in Colorado.

  • Medical Malpractice Verdict for Victim of Paralysis $15 Million

    A jury handed down a $15 million verdict to a man who was paralyzed from the chest down just hours after a doctor at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs discharged him. It’s the largest sum ever awarded in a medical malpractice suit in Colorado.

  • Birth Injury Verdict Involving a Misplaced Device $7.2 Million

    $7 million medical malpractice jury verdict. David Woodruff handled this birth injury case, which culminated in a 2-week jury trial in Colorado Springs. The case involved a physician who misplaced a “vacuum extraction device” while delivering the infant.

  • Largest Verdict in Fort Collins, for a Woman Paralyzed Due to Misdiagnosis $3.9 Million

    David Woodruff helped his client receive a $3.9 million verdict, the largest ever in Fort Collins, in a case where a woman was paralyzed on her right side due to a misdiagnosis in the Emergency Room in 2006.

  • Case Against Hospital That Failed to Recognize Spinal Injury $3 Million

    A Colorado man was awarded $3 million after hospital staff failed to recognize a spinal injury, causing him to become permanently paralyzed.

  • Settlement for Baby With Brain Injury $2.4 Million

    Dan Sloane secured a settlement for client who sustained a brain injury at birth.

  • Unnecessary Sinus Surgeries $2 Million

    Dan Sloane helped a young woman whose doctor performed several unnecessary sinus surgeries resulting in damage to her vestibular system

  • Medical Malpractice Case Resulting From Injury During Surgery $1.8 Million

    Dan Sloane obtained a settlement for client who sustained damage to the vestibular system during sinus surgery.

  • Federal Torts Claims Act Case Against a Medicaid Clinic $650 Thousand

    Dan Sloane brought a Federal Torts Claims Act case against a Medicaid clinic when whose physician misdiagnosed our client's cancer. Our client wound up with permanent colostomy bag.

Medical Malpractice Attorney in Denver, CO

Representation from a Nationally-Recognized Medical Malpractice Law Firm

In addition to our standing as one of Denver's top-rated auto accident injury firms, Denver Trial Lawyers® is widely recognized as one of the best medical malpractice law firms in the U.S. Medical Malpractice Attorney Woodruff and his team of lawyers and paralegals have handled some of the most complex and difficult medical malpractice cases in the country.

Medical malpractice attorney David Woodruff has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America for 15 straight years, has repeatedly been named a Colorado SuperLawyer, and was named “Barristers Best – Plaintiff’s Medical Malpractice Lawyer” by Law Week Colorado in 2018 and again in 2022. Attorney David Woodruff has obtained numerous record-setting medical malpractice awards, including the largest medical malpractice arbitration award in U.S. History ($70 million), the largest known medical malpractice settlement in Colorado history ($22 million), and the largest jury verdicts in multiple jurisdictions, including Colorado Springs ($15 million), Ft. Collins ($4 million), and Pueblo ($4.1 million).

Medical Malpractice Claims in Colorado

Medical mistakes, or “medical malpractice,” often result in catastrophic injury or death. A claim against a physician or hospital staff requires evidence that the health care provider violated the “Standard of Care,” or the rules health care providers must follow in providing medical care to patients.

In Colorado, a hospital is legally responsible for medical malpractice or negligence of employees of the hospital, such as nurses, technicians, or therapists. Doctors are generally considered “independent” of hospitals, and are required to carry their own separate medical malpractice insurance.

Examples of Medical Malpractice Cases

With over 175 years of combined experience in handling medical malpractice claims nationwide, our lawyers have represented a breadth of injuries that clients have sustained at the hands of a care provider.

There are multiple different types of medical malpractice - any time that a healthcare provider breaches the standard of care that is owed to a patient, and that breach results in harm that would not have otherwise occurred, medical malpractice has been committed.

Examples of medical malpractice cases handled by Denver Trial Lawyers ® include:

  • Birth Injury:
    While some birth injuries are inevitable, and while there are various factors outside of a doctor’s control that affect the risk of a birth injury (such as the size of the baby at time of birth), a doctor has a duty to do everything possible to reduce the risk of injury, and to exercise a reasonable degree of care. The improper use of forceps or a vacuum extractor, failing to properly monitor a baby prior to birth, failing to perform an emergency C-section, and other errors can all lead to harm.
  • Chiropractic Negligence:
    Chiropractors, like other medical professionals, owe the same duty of care to their patients as do other healthcare experts. Negligence that can lead to patient harm includes failing to refer a patient to a specialist, failing to get a patient’s informed consent, and improper manipulation of the body.
  • Surgical Malpractice:
    When a patient undergoes a surgery, there are dozens of things that can go wrong - it is up to the surgeon to make sure that nothing does. Unfortunately, anesthesia errors, infections, leaving surgical equipment within a patient, operating on the wrong patient or wrong body part, and numerous other errors are more common than one may think.
  • Misdiagnosis:
    While a doctor may not have a duty to properly diagnose every condition 100 percent of the time, they do have a responsibility to make sure that the proper steps towards achieving a proper diagnosis are followed. If a misdiagnosis is a result of a failure to refer a patient to a specialist, misinterpretation of test results, failure to order certain tests, or other acts of malpractice, a patient may have a claim.
  • Medication Mistakes:
    Medication mistakes affect patients of all ages and who suffer from a variety of conditions. Examples of errors that can be very costly, or even deadly, to a patient include giving the patient the wrong medication, giving the wrong dose, giving a medication at the wrong time, giving a medication to the wrong patient, giving the patient a medication that is dangerous when combined with other medications the patient takes, and administration errors.

Medical malpractice cases are very complicated and expensive to pursue. The medical malpractice team at Denver Trial Lawyers® understands the complex medical and legal issues associated with medical malpractice cases and can effectively pursue compensation on their clients’ behalf.

What Is the Statute of Limitations on a Medical Malpractice Claim?

While knowing what your rights are when you’re in the midst of a health crisis can be overwhelming and confusing, your ability to pursue a medical malpractice suit in Denver is limited by the state’s statute of limitations - the cap on the amount of time that you have to sue.

In Colorado, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the act of malpractice. This means that if you undergo a surgery and you learn (on the day of your surgery) that the surgeon operated on the wrong body part, you will have two years from the date of that surgery to file a medical malpractice claim for damages.

If you do not file your claim within two years’ time, you will lose your right to recover damages.

There are some exceptions to the two-year deadline. In the event that the malpractice was not discovered immediately because it was concealed by the defendant, because a foreign object was left within the victim, or because, through reasonable due diligence, the injury could not have been discovered sooner, the statute of limitations can be extended.

In some cases, the statute of limitations may also be extended if the defendant left the state after committing the malpractice. If you have questions about the statute of limitations and how much time you have to file a claim, it is best to consult with an experienced lawyer who can answer your questions. Contact us today for our profressional medical malpractice attorney to help you with your legal matters.

Representation from an Award-Winning Denver Medical Malpractice Lawyer!

If you have been seriously injured by the negligence of a medical professional, contact an experienced Denver medical malpractice attorney immediately to discuss your options. You trust your caregivers to provide an appropriate standard of care in every service that they provide. If negligence in this trust causes you injury, you may be entitled to compensation.

Our firm is backed by more than 175 years of shared experience and has recovered over a billion dollars on behalf of our clients. We know how to aggressively pursue compensation and powerfully present your rights in court. Make sure to check out our client testimonials as well and see what people are saying!

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Tell us about your accident. We will conduct a thorough investigation and submit a demand letter describing your injuries and the way the accident changed your life. Begin a free case evaluation by calling Denver Trial Lawyers today at (303) 647-9990.

Client testimonials

Real Stories From Real People
  • “Dan Sloane is very professional and impressed me during negotiations with his clever strategies. He sincerely cares and seeks justice. Dan knows what he's doing and won our case for us.”

    - Julie D.
  • “David Woodruff and his team worked long and hard for my settlement. They were able to get more than I expected. I would highly recommend them.”

    - Heather N.
  • “Michael Nimmo took my case that a dozen other lawyers rejected. He was incredibly thorough backing up everything with my doctors. He was supportive, caring, and obviously legally astute. He won the case and the award helped me to transition to retirement.”

    - Patty M.


  • Over a Billion in Recoveries

    We have represented thousands of individuals against insurance companies and corporations, recovering more than a billion dollars in the process.

  • A Voice for Change

    Attorneys at our firm have been at the helm of cases that have gone on to influence legislation, change laws, and impact society for the better.

  • We Won't Settle for Less

    We are trial lawyers through and through, and we will take your case as far as it can go. Our attorneys have tried 100+ cases with extraordinary results.

  • No Cost Unless We Win

    We represent clients on a contingency fee basis. We only get paid if we win your case.

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    Giving back to our community is extremely important to us. We support a number of charitable programs.

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